Monday, October 28, 2013

Maple Apple Crumble w/Dried Fruit

This recipe sounded good on a chilly day!

Maple Apple Crumble w/Dried Fruit

1 2/3 c. apple cider
1/3 c. dried cranberries
1/3 c. dried apricots, chopped
3/4 c. Grape-Nuts cereal
2 TBSP. brown sugar, divided
5 TBSP. whole wheat pastry flour, divided
1 tsp. cinnamon, divided
3 TBSP. pure maple syrup
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
4 medium to large Jonathan apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 16 pieces per apple. (cut into quarters, cut the quarters in half, and cut the halves again. Should end up with 16 slices per apple)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 7" x 11" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

-In a small saucepan, bring the apple cider to a boil. Turn off heat and add the cranberries and apricots. Let sit for 25 minutes. Drain the fruit saving the apple cider.
-In a small bowl, combine 1 TBSP. brown sugar, 1 TBSP. flour, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, the dried fruit and 1 TBSP. of the reserved apple cider.
-In a large bowl, combine the remaining 1 TBSP. brown sugar, 1/4 c. flour, and the 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Add the maple syrup, vanilla and the rest of the apple cider. Combine well.
-Add the apples to the apple cider mixture. Toss and coat. (seems like a lot of liquid but it will thicken)
-Place the apples with the apple cider mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the fruit mixture.
-Bake for 55-60 minutes.
-Take out and cool.

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